Environmental activists and consumer advocates are breathing a sigh of relief. Ohio lawmakers apparently are NOT going to change the state’s energy efficiency program during the last days of the current legislative session.
The program requires electric companies to lower overall power usage by giving money to people and businesses that buy energy-saving appliances and equipment. To fund the program, all electricity customers pay a surcharge on their monthly electric bills.
Ohio officials say more than 200,000 residents around the state are still without power days after two weekend thunderstorms left many in the dark.
The Ohio Emergency Management Agency released new figures Wednesday afternoon that add several thousand customers from Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives to the tally. The bulk of the outages still belong to customers of American Electric Power.
Dayton Power & Light is reporting just a handful of outages in the listening area now and plan to have it all back online by this evening.